24-Hour Swim Challenge To Raise Money for SurfAid International
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 27 February, 2008 : - - On Friday, 29 February and Saturday, 1 March, United World College of South East Asia (UWCSEA) will be conducting the 24-Hour Swim Challenge in its college pool to help raise money and awareness for humanitarian aid agency SurfAid International. SurfAid International works in remote Indonesian island communities to improve community health services.
More than 1,000 swimmers from the College community are expected to Take the Leap in an event that over the past three years has raised more than $100,000 for SurfAid Internationals Malaria Free Mentawai Program. While this is not an attempt for a world record, it will be the first time that such a large number of people have shared the swimming pool and swum as many laps as possible during a 24 hour period anywhere in the world.
At the beginning of the 24 Hour Swim Challenge, the College community will take the opportunity to celebrate the achievements of sixteen year old student Mayumi Raheem who is striving for selection to the Sri Lankan swim team for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Mayumi has represented Sri Lanka in the Fina World Swimming Championships and Commonwealth Games. She will open the event by swimming the first 100 metres on her own.
Individual swimmers will be able to swim for as long as they are physically able to. Some participants will swim upwards of 50 kilometres as they try to win the Endurance Cup, a trophy which rewards the swimmer who completes the most laps swum during the 24 hour period. The event will begin at 1:30pm on Friday, 29 February and end at 1:30pm the following day.
About SurfAid International
The mission of SurfAid International, a non-profit humanitarian aid organization, is to improve the health of people living in isolated regions connected to us through surfing. Using proven, cost-effective, scalable programs, SurfAid seeks the alleviation of suffering through health programs that enhance local capacities and promote community-based, self-help solutions, guided by the aspirations of its beneficiaries. SurfAid works with 53 villages in Indonesia and over 37,000 beneficiaries through its Community Based Health Programs. In addition, 65,000 residents of the Mentawai Islands will benefit from SurfAids new Malaria Free Mentawai program; a 5-year effort to significantly & sustainably reduce the burden of malaria.
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